CONCORD — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown were among the high-profile candidates to officially file for public office with the Secretary of State on Wednesday.
The office on the second floor of the State House was packed with media and Brown supporters as the former Massachusetts senator arrived to personally file his paperwork shortly after 2 p.m. Brown passed a small group of anti-Brown protesters on the State House steps.
Brown is one of five candidates in the GOP U.S. Senate primary for the nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. “We have a government right now that’s dysfunctional and in gridlock,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being a true independent voice for the people of New Hampshire. Let the games begin.”
Reporters asked Brown about his role on the Advisory Board of a Florida-based company that has raised a lot of money from shareholders, but not produced any products or meaningful revenue. He repeated previous statements that the company in question is in the start-up phase, and that he is not involved in day-to-day management.
Later in the day, Brown announced that he was resigning from the Adivsory Board of Global Digital Solutions and surrendering his stock options.
Kuster filed her papers in the morning, and addressed supporters outside the State House.
“Granite Staters deserve leaders in Congress who will put aside partisan politics to stand up for their best interests,” she said. “Today I filed my intent to run for reelection so I can continue to work across the aisle and fight for the issues that matter most to us, from increasing jobs and opportunities for every Granite State family, to protecting Medicare, Social Security, and other programs our seniors and veterans rely on and deserve.”
Incumbent State Sen. Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton, was the first to file on the opening day of the filing period for state and federal offices, which continues to June 13. Candidates for state representative file at their town offices.
Woodburn said he arrived at the State House at 4:30 a.m. and waited about an hour to get into the building. He was also first in line in 2000 when he filed to run for the District 2 Executive Council seat. “The competitive juices are great this time of year,” Woodburn said. “Everyone wants to know who is running.”
He was one of only three people to wait in line at Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office before the period officially opened at 8 a.m.
Andy Martin, a Manchester Republican, was the first to file for federal office and the third in line. He filed for the U.S. Senate Republican primary.Cathy Stacy, the Rockingham County Registrar of Deeds, was second in line to file for office.
About a dozen people filed during the first half hour, including Jennifer Daler, D-Temple, who is running for the District 5 Executive Council seat being vacated by Councilor Debora Pignatelli, D-Nashua.
A number of candidates for county office also filed.
In the last election, 1,509 candidates appeared on the primary election ballots for Democrats and Republicans. About 70 to 85 candidates generally file on the first day of the filing period. The Secretary of State website is updated at the end of each day during the filing period with the names of candidates whose filings were accepted.